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Jautry27 10-26-2012 11:11 AM

Smoked Tail Lights
 
I want to smoke out the tail lights on my 2007 WRX, but I wanted to get your opinions on a few different options. 1: Buy the paper,plastic( or whatever it is) and put it over the lights. 2: buy the plastic shade that more or less "sticks" to it. OR 3: Buy the spray on stuff, which is obviously the most cost efficient

OPINIONS?

ZincGT 10-26-2012 11:27 AM

the VHT nightshades will fade after time, I took mine to an autobody shop and he did 2 coats of reduced black then a clear coat. The lights have a dark cherry look in the sun and any other time they look black. I love them

BoostinChick 10-26-2012 11:29 AM

Get 04/05 tails.

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Jautry27 10-26-2012 12:13 PM

[quote=BoostinChick;287266]Get 04/05 tails.

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I found a set on NASIOC for $120 + shipping, but at this moment, I'm a little too poor. I'd have the money in a few days, but I'm sure they'll be gone by then.

rex2002 10-26-2012 12:40 PM

check out my thread when i blacked mine out with vht. did back in 2010 and only re applied once since then(main reason b/c i wanted to go darker,but ZINCGT is correct it will fade a little) [URL="http://www.wrxtuners.com/forums/f73/i-blacked-out-my-tail-lights-vht-28754/"]http://www.wrxtuners.com/forums/f73/i-blacked-out-my-tail-lights-vht-28754/[/URL]

BLAZE2099 10-26-2012 12:45 PM

Be long gone. That's a deal.
Get the vinyl. Check your local enforcement and see if they allow it. If you have inspections in Ga., stop by a shop and see if they allow it. If you cover your tails, your eliminating reflectors. I failed inspection because of it. The cops let it slide, but it's illegal.
If you do a vinyl, peel off and your good vs sanding and buffing for hours.
In a can, yes the spray is cheaper, but doing it the "right" way, is the most expensive.

Jautry27 10-26-2012 02:57 PM

What's sad is that I am only $20 short of getting them. But since I have been replacing my engine, funds are VERY TIGHT.

[quote=BLAZE2099;287271]Be long gone. That's a deal.
Get the vinyl. Check your local enforcement and see if they allow it. If you have inspections in Ga., stop by a shop and see if they allow it. If you cover your tails, your eliminating reflectors. I failed inspection because of it. The cops let it slide, but it's illegal.
If you do a vinyl, peel off and your good vs sanding and buffing for hours.
In a can, yes the spray is cheaper, but doing it the "right" way, is the most expensive.[/quote]

Jautry27 10-26-2012 04:19 PM

I think what I will end up doing is spraying them until I can afford to buy the actual lenses.

AllExtinct 10-26-2012 04:39 PM

You might want to find something to do a few practice sprays.
I had old glass top end tables that I used to get the can control down.
This stuff is a real PITA to try to get off if you mess up.

Be warned that some pokey really don't like blackouts.

Good luck man. !Thumbs Up

man show 10-26-2012 07:50 PM

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My apologies for the glare, but here's an old pic of my 07 tail lights with a light smoke tinted vinyl film from HotSubarus.com. That website no longer exists, but a very similar product can be found at Lamin-X.com. Keep in mind that if you go with a vinyl tint, the film won't wrap all the way around the inner edges of the tail lights, so you'll see a little bit of chrome (2007), grey (2006), or red (2004/2005) if you look at the back of the car from any angle.

Tinted vinyl film is easily reversable if you get pulled over, but it is honestly pretty difficult to apply perfectly. You need a steady hand to make a clean cut with a razor around the edges and a lot of patience when you're pressing them on or you'll get wrinkles and/or bubbles. Temperature also causes the film to shrink just a little bit, so the edges will pull inwards ever so slightly, so if you're OCD, it might not be the product for you.

BLAZE2099 10-27-2012 06:40 AM

Would soapy water work with it John? Like window tint.
And would a heat gun be a good idea for the bends and whatnot?

man show 10-27-2012 07:23 AM

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Probably... I was fairly successful using just plain water in a spray bottle and a hair dryer. I only had to pop a couple of small bubbles in the middle of the lights and there was only one small stubborn wrinkle that kept popping up on the edge nearest the gas cap which I constantly had to push back down, but overall, I was happy the way everything turned out.

Here's another craptacular pic.


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